Gone Fishing: Doyle to Auction Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • July 13, 2018

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Sir William Jardine, Baronet, British Salmonidae. London. Est. $150-250
Stephen Ward Righter, Yankee Fishermen and Their Luck, 1903. The account of a trout fishing trip, told in verse. Est. $300-500
Richard Bowlker, The Art of Angling Improved in All Its parts, Especially Fly-Fishing. Worcester: [1747? or 1758?]. First edition. Est. $700-1,000

Doyle will auction an extensive collection of angling books assembled by Arnold “Jake” Johnson (1930-2017) of Bozeman, Montana. Comprising over 350 lots, the current offering of property from this remarkable collection is being presented in a timed online-only auction on Doyle.com.

The Collection of Arnold “Jake” Johnson offers a wide range of material, from rare works dating to the 18th century to finely produced recent publications. Fishing for trout, salmon and fly-fishing are well represented, as are deep sea and sport-fishing. Featured are copies of important titles with inscriptions or fine provenance, including books from the libraries of Dean Sage, Edward Sands Litchfield, Samuel B. Webb, C.R. Morphy, Bibliotheca Piscatoria Lynniana, and Robert Hoe. Also noteworthy are volumes signed by Zane Grey and other major anglers and artists. The sale offers books in a range of price points and presents an exciting opportunity to add to an established collection, form the foundation of a new collection, or find a unique gift for an angling enthusiast.

A true bibliophile, Johnson was an inveterate collector of rare items related to angling, travel, expeditions in India and Africa, English sporting and color-plate, 19th century big game hunting, and Western Americana. His collection comprises hundreds of rare books, hand-written accounts of hunting expeditions, striking examples of 19th century photographic travel albums, and elusive bibliographies and facsimiles of major works. Property from the Collection will offered in an ongoing series of live and online auctions.

Bidding will commence in the timed online-only auction when the catalogue is published on Friday, July 13 at Doyle.com. Bidding will close on Tuesday, July 24 beginning at noon.

All of the books will be on public exhibition at Doyle on Friday, July 20 and Monday, July 23. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

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